Lovelace Avenue, Solihull, Birmingham
Harper, later a key figurehead in the practice Yorke, Harper and Harvey, drew strong inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright’s early 20th Century Prairie Style houses, typically characterised by their horizontally pronounced profile. Harper’s interpretation of the style is translated at Lovelace Avenue through a fantastic cantilevered flat roof, sandwiched between the two storeys, ribbons of clerestory windows, extensive internal cladding and exposed brickwork.
The internal footprint measures 1,912 sq ft and is split across two floors. One of the four bedrooms is located to the right of the entrance at the front of the property, with an interlinked dressing room and ensuite shower room. On the opposite side of the entrance hall, there is an open-plan dining and living room with the original brick hearth and built-in window seats. The kitchen, a typical galley layout, is positioned to the rear of the plan and has a separate utility room interlinked. Upstairs there are three further bedrooms, each with large frameless plate glass windows looking out to the garden from every aspect.
Set centrally in the 1/3 acre surrounding curtilage, the house demands a clear relationship with the garden; the internal panelling throughout the house is believed to have been sourced from the pre-existing oak trees in the existing plot. A sizeable double garage, positioned at the tip of the driveway, accommodates two vehicles and could be converted to further living space. Subject to the relevant consents, the property could also be extended laterally.
Solihull was voted the ‘UK’s best place to live’ in 2013, primarily for the excellent selection of state and private schools and wealth of parks and outdoor green spaces. Rail connections are very good, with Widney Manor station just a five-minute walk from Lovelace Avenue offering connections to Birmingham New Street in 24 minutes and London Marylebone in one hour and 40 minutes. The M42 motorway is reachable in five minutes by car.
Lovelace Avenue, Solihull, Birmingham
NEAREST STATIONSDistances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
- Widney Manor Station0.5 miles
- Solihull Station1.4 miles
- Dorridge Station2.0 miles
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